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'One University, Many Cultures' Series Begins March 27

One University, Many Cultures
One University, Many Cultures

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2017) — In today’s world, it’s incredibly important to understand current issues from different perspectives and improve our ability to communicate with those who come from different backgrounds.

Sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity, several University of Kentucky campus community units, including the College of Education Office of International School Partnerships, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the International Center, have created the “Cross-Cultural Lunch and Learn” workshop series.

The series is composed of three sessions that are designed to develop participants’ skills on cross-cultural communication. These are designed to help participants gain deeper understanding and awareness of cultural diversity, and learn how to apply their cultural awareness when communicating with others for students, faculty and staff. Participants will be given opportunities to earn digital badges and certificates. 

The series’ three lunch-hour events are all scheduled in the Art Education Studio (Room 163) in Holmes Hall. The schedule includes:

  • Monday, March 27 - “Breaking Cultural Barriers” from noon-1 p.m. UK Psychology Professor Christia Spears Brown will discuss ways to better understand other cultures.
  • Thursday, April 6 - “Courageous Conversations” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The group will discuss current issues and ways to get involved with UK partners from many different diversity-based organizations. If you would like to represent a group, please sign-up here.
  • Tuesday, April 18 -  “Unlearn Fear and Hate” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Transylvania professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova will bring their engaging dialogue about practicing compassion and justice.

A free lunch will be served, and free T-shirts distributed at each event. Space is limited for in-person workshop. Webinar link will also be distributed to those who cannot attend the sessions in person. RSVP is highly recommended for both in-person and online sessions.  

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